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Corn Shucking Party at ACES Mill Road School

October 18th, 2017


On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, ACES Mill Road School students were treated to a corn shucking party.  Platinum students and ACES Assistant Director Tim Howes shucked local corn from Cecacelli Farm in Northford CT. Chartwells featured Chili Lime Corn on the Cob on the lunch menu.

 

Students shucking corn at ACES Mill Road School

 

 

Students shucking corn at ACES Mill Road School

 

 

Students shucking corn at ACES Mill Road School

 

 

Students shucking corn at ACES Mill Road School

 

 

Chili Lime Corn on the Cob at ACES Mill Road School

 


Chartwells Dedicated Crops

Chartwells K-12 is committed to working alongside local farmers, supporting our global initiatives in procuring fresh fruits and vegetables supplied by farmers that are close to the school districts we support. When our districts order produce, its harvested straight from the local farmers and delivered fresh to the schools. 

Before harvest season, the Chartwells teams help plant, sow and seed beside the farmers, educating students, and administrators along the way! We also commit to a certain variety of crops and quantities. This allows not only for the farmers to know what to plant, but for our Chefs, and Directors to pre-plan the menus for those upcoming months. Weaving in the local produce alongside the main menus, creating new recipes, and cultivating opportunities for students to learn where their foods are coming from.

We are working directly with farmers throughout New England, touching points in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts who have committed to dedicating select crops specifically for our Chartwells Schools. This upcoming school year, we’ll have committed to purchasing for all Chartwells School Districts; corn on the cob in September, potatoes in October and kale in November. In Connecticut we’re thrilled to have Cecacelli Farm in Northford planting fresh veggeis for our students! This means, our menus for those months will include recipes created using local produce, maybe from a farm in your town!

To put into perspective, these locally grown vegetables will serve approximately 33,960 ears of corn, 22,700 pounds of potatoes and 4,650 heads of kale!  Supporting local farmers and providing our students with fresh, local, delicious and nutritious produce is our commitment to the local communities creating a more sustainable environment for our best customers!

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